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NOUN (9)

1. a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it;
- Example: "he bought his brother's business"
- Example: "a small mom-and-pop business"
- Example: "a racially integrated business concern"
[syn: business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisation]

2. the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects;
- Example: "computers are now widely used in business"
[syn: commercial enterprise, business enterprise, business]

3. the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money;
- Example: "he's not in my line of business"
[syn: occupation, business, job, line of work, line]

4. a rightful concern or responsibility;
- Example: "it's none of your business"
- Example: "mind your own business"

5. an immediate objective;
- Example: "gossip was the main business of the evening"

6. the volume of commercial activity;
- Example: "business is good today"
- Example: "show me where the business was today"

7. business concerns collectively;
- Example: "Government and business could not agree"
[syn: business, business sector]

8. customers collectively;
- Example: "they have an upper class clientele"
[syn: clientele, patronage, business]

9. incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect;
- Example: "his business with the cane was hilarious"
[syn: business, stage business, byplay]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Business \Busi"ness\ (b[i^]z"n[e^]s), n.; pl. Businesses (b[i^]z"n[e^]s*[e^]z). [From Busy.] 1. That which busies one, or that which engages the time, attention, or labor of any one, as his principal concern or interest, whether for a longer or shorter time; constant employment; regular occupation; as, the business of life; business before pleasure. [1913 Webster] Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business? --Luke ii. 49. [1913 Webster] 2. Any particular occupation or employment engaged in for livelihood or gain, as agriculture, trade, art, or a profession. "The business of instruction." --Prescott. [1913 Webster] 3. Financial dealings; buying and selling; traffic in general; mercantile transactions. [1913 Webster] It seldom happens that men of a studious turn acquire any degree of reputation for their knowledge of business. --Bp. Popteus. [1913 Webster] 4. That which one has to do or should do; special service, duty, or mission. [1913 Webster] The daughter of the King of France, On serious business, craving quick despatch, Importunes personal conference. --Shak. [1913 Webster] What business has the tortoise among the clouds? --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] 5. Affair; concern; matter; -- used in an indefinite sense, and modified by the connected words. [1913 Webster] It was a gentle business, and becoming The action of good women. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Bestow Your needful counsel to our business. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 6. (Drama) The position, distribution, and order of persons and properties on the stage of a theater, as determined by the stage manager in rehearsal. [1913 Webster] 7. Care; anxiety; diligence. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] To do one's business, to ruin one. [Colloq.] --Wycherley. To make (a thing) one's business, to occupy one's self with a thing as a special charge or duty. [Colloq.] To mean business, to be earnest. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] Syn: Affairs; concern; transaction; matter; engagement; employment; calling; occupation; trade; profession; vocation; office; duty. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

business n 1: a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it; "he bought his brother's business"; "a small mom-and-pop business"; "a racially integrated business concern" [syn: business, concern, business concern, business organization, business organisation] 2: the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects; "computers are now widely used in business" [syn: commercial enterprise, business enterprise, business] 3: the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money; "he's not in my line of business" [syn: occupation, business, job, line of work, line] 4: a rightful concern or responsibility; "it's none of your business"; "mind your own business" 5: an immediate objective; "gossip was the main business of the evening" 6: the volume of commercial activity; "business is good today"; "show me where the business was today" 7: business concerns collectively; "Government and business could not agree" [syn: business, business sector] 8: customers collectively; "they have an upper class clientele" [syn: clientele, patronage, business] 9: incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious" [syn: business, stage business, byplay]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

214 Moby Thesaurus words for "business": Aktiengesellschaft, acting, action, activeness, activism, activity, affair, aktiebolag, allegiance, area, art, assigned task, attempt, balance of trade, big business, body corporate, bounden duty, buffoonery, burden, business dealings, business establishment, call of duty, calling, career, career building, careerism, cartel, chamber of commerce, characterization, charge, combine, commerce, commercial, commercial affairs, commercial enterprise, commercial relations, commitment, compagnie, company, concern, concernment, conglomerate, conglomerate corporation, consolidating company, consortium, contract, copartnership, corporate body, corporation, craft, custom, deal, dealing, dealings, dedication, deference, devoir, devotion, dingus, diversified corporation, dofunny, doing, doings, duties and responsibilities, duty, effort, employment, engagement, enterprise, establishment, ethics, fair trade, fealty, firm, free trade, function, gadget, gag, game, gizmo, goings-on, ham, hammy acting, handicraft, hoke, hokum, holding company, homage, hootenanny, house, imperative, impersonation, industrial, industry, intercourse, interest, issue, jigger, job, joint-stock association, joint-stock company, lifework, line, line of business, line of duty, line of work, lookout, loyalty, market, marketing, matter, mercantile, mercantile business, merchant, merchantry, metier, militancy, mimesis, mimicking, mimicry, miming, mission, motion, movement, multilateral trade, mummery, must, mystery, number, obligation, occasions, occupation, office, onus, operating company, operation, organization, ought, outfit, overacting, palaver, pantomiming, partnership, patter, performance, performing, personation, place, plan, playacting, playing, plunderbund, point, political activism, pool, portrayal, practice, problem, proceeding, proceedings, profession, program, project, projection, proposition, proprietorship, province, public utility, pursuit, question, racket, reciprocal trade, representation, respect, responsibility, restraint of trade, retail, role, self-imposed duty, slapstick, small business, specialization, specialty, stage business, stage directions, stage presence, stir, stock company, stunt, subject, syndicate, taking a role, task, the business world, the marketplace, thing, thingumajig, topic, trade, trade association, trading, traffic, transaction, truck, trust, undertaking, unilateral trade, utility, venture, vocation, walk, walk of life, wholesale, work